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What Causes Breast Implant Rippling?

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Reader Laura’s Comment:
“Janice Dickinson was seen out partying. The pictures accompanying this story seem to show that both of her implants are rippling badly (pictures 2 & 3). Is this because of the age of the implants or just because there was so little breast material to work with in the first place? What could she have done to avoid this?”

Pic Source:

The paparazzi must be busy because we are seeing more rippling these days. We just commented on Victoria Silvstedt’s Rippling Images.

Rippling is just the appearance of a breast implant under thin soft tissue cover. It tends to occur in women with relatively little soft tissue coverage who have had larger implants placed relative to that amount of tissue coverage. It happens more with saline implants and “Over the muscle” placement, but can occur with silicone gel “Unders” if the patient is thin enough and/or the implants are large. Keeping the implant size smaller and going under the muscle tends to limit it.

The good news is that Ms Dickinson is really not rippling too badly. In the more obvious rippling cases, the ripples appear over more of the breast(s) with relatively little movement. I only see her ripples well in one of the images near the top of her implants. It is all relative.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD